Hellebuyck has impressed with his first three video breakdowns and his ability to read rush chances and open looks, which isn’t a shock considering he is statistically the best in the game at managing these types of attacks — and by a large margin.
With that in mind, let’s go back to that well one more time with a 2-on-1.
As with the first three, we’d highly recommend reviewing Hellebuyck’s previous entries before walking through this one to see if you can identify his keys.
This time Hellebuyck is facing a 2-on-1 rush against the New York Rangers, with Alexis Lafreniere carrying the puck and Artemi Panarin as his passing option:
Based on those previous breakdowns, what is Hellebuyck already keying in on?
What details are you looking for at this point in the rush?
As you watch the sequence below, see if you can find other cues as to whether this is going to be a shot or a pass? When are you confident it’s one of the other?
Is there anything about that shot release that tells you early where it is headed?
If there was a pass, would you be sliding or coming across on your skates?
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Let’s hear how Hellebuyck approached this play:
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